“And so, 40 man content was how I learned. And it was kinda sucky. In pre-BC raiding, it seemed to me that, in our guild anyway, out of 40 players fielded on a given evening, 25 or so were real damn good, 10 or so were fairly decent, and 5 flat out sucked.” -Big Bear Butt
…wow, dude, only 5? I swear to god we carried more than that, and when BC hit and we shifted down to 10 man content it was a sudden slap in the face. “Holy shit,” we said, “Some of these people really suck!”
And we were clear up to C’thun and poking into Naxx by that point, too. I can’t even promise that Iwas good back then. Certainly at the start, I wasn’t. Then again, playing a paladin back in the day was spamming your one button on your target(s) and saying a quick prayer. Sometimes, you used your other button, and BoP! O snap!
I sort of miss the 4o man days, though. I had 8 other holy paladins to bond with. 8 other people who “get” it, 8 other people to bounce ideas off of, 8 other people to come to with questions. Who the hell was 5+ of any given class these days, never mind of the same spec?
…I don’t miss assembling those raids, though. Oh boy, was that a pain in the ass even just as one of the ones WAITING.